Adam Steel named new superintendent

AMHERST – Adam Steel, the current business administrator for the Amherst and Mont Vernon school districts, has been named the new superintendent of schools.

The vote of the SAU 39 board was unanimous, said board Chairwoman Amy Facey, in a post on the district website.

“We are confident that Adam’s experience, coupled with his first-hand knowledge of our school districts, will serve him exceptionally well,” she said.

Steel, who is 37, will take the place of Peter Warburton, who is leaving the district June 30 after seven years as superintendent. Steel will begin his responsibilities on July 1.

He was business administrator here for 15 months and before that director of business, finance, and operations for SAU 95-SAU 28 in Windham and Pelham.

He also served as director of technology in the Pelham School District, responsible for “implementing an educational technology strategy that enhanced student learning and increased teacher instructional effectiveness.

Steel has a masters in educational leadership from Plymouth State University and a bachelor of science in information technology from the University of Phoenix. He has served as an instructor for prospective foster parents at Granite State College for the past several years.

Earlier in his career, he was a substitute teacher and a youth pastor.

SAU 39 includes the school districts of Amherst, Mont Vernon, and Souhegan Cooperative, and the SAU board includes members from all three boards. Its search process included a meet-the-candidate event for Steel and one other finalist on Nov. 14 involving school tours, an afternoon forum for staff and students, an evening forum for community members and a final interview with school board members.

“Throughout the vetting process, Adam successfully demonstrated the skills and attributes sought by the Board for this critically important leadership role,” said Facey.

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